In the summer, you can float eight miles of the upper Skagit River through North Cascades National Park, where the water is a bit rougher, but nothing over class III. It’s a good beginning river for white-water enthusiasts and a perfect run to take the little ones—kids ages six and up are welcome.
Try Alpine Adventures (800/723-8386, www.alpineadventures.com, $79) or Orion Expeditions (800/553-7466, http://orionexp.com, $85). Both firms offer experienced guides—Orion is a little pricier because it serves a buffet lunch after the trip.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition